MLB Hall of Famer and former Athletic Dennis Eckersley was been named a Special Assistant to the President, the A's announced on Friday.
“We are committed to honoring, and working with, our incredible alumni. Dennis is an integral part of our history and heritage,” said A’s President Dave Kaval. “Dennis joins Rickey Henderson in an alumni ambassador role where he will help advise the club and represent us at community and fan events.”
“It’s nice to be able to reunite with the A’s,” said Dennis Eckersley. “I have a lot of fond memories growing up in the Bay Area and playing for the A’s; they were some of the greatest years of my career. I look forward to reconnecting with the A’s and the fans.”
The team will also host a Dennis Eckersley bobblehead giveaway for 15,000 fans on Saturday, Aug. 26 when the A’s play host to the Rangers. The bobblehead will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Eckersley’s Cy Young & MVP season of 1992.
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For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.
The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.
Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.
"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.
In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.
UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.
On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth.
Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round.
Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams.
The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.